Since 2013 there has been 159 homegrown jihadist cases in 30 states. Recent examples of homegrown terror-related incidents cited in the report include the case of a 28-year-old Ohio resident, Laith Alebbini, who was arrested Sept. 5 and charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS. Also on Sept. 5, 26-year-old Alexander Ciccolo of Adams, Mass., was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the same crime. According to the snapshot, Ciccolo “planned to use pressure cooker explosives and firearms to target places where large numbers of people congregated, such as college cafeterias.” Ciccolo is the son of a Boston police captain.
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Security planning must take into consideration that the Adversary sets the agenda and is better informed when plotting than the security strategist.
The threat adversary sets the agenda. This is an important and too little discussed reality.
Building occupants, even building security, do not know that an adversary is considering an adverse attack or criminal intrusion. The building and suite occupants “blindly” implement security measures that are customary and often “cosmetic”. However, the adversary has an agenda:
- They have an objective ranging from simple theft of purses and wallets to incidents of workplace violent, including rage killings.
- They know the “territory” – they have studied and surveilled the building and avenues of access. They know how ineffective the lobby guard is. They have a target and a plan.
- They want to enter incognito – their observations of building activity show they what to do to maintain a low profile.
- In active shooter situations, they may be suicidal and have no plan of escape, which makes them very dangerous.
- They will likely identify the same vulnerabilities that have been identified during a security assessment.
Security countermeasures must mitigate these risk as far as is reasonable and possible. They should be deterred by at least two access-controlled perimeters to complicate their plan and increase their risk of detection.
Watch for our series of blogs on the security assessment process.
A recent FBI report reveals that a majority of active shooters spend at least a week planning their attack and often attack people and places with which they were already familiar. In the majority of active shooter cases, the active shooter knew and actively targeted at least one of the victims.
In this growing threat environment, employees are expressing concerns about acts of workplace violence and active shooter. The most important security measures for workplace protection are employee awareness training and a fundamental building security program.
A thorough and detailed building security vulnerability assessment (SVA) and report are the first steps in developing an effective building security program to protect people and critical assets. The SVA provides for the foundation of a risk management program.
The objective of conducting a security assessment is to assess security risks as a means to assist management in identifying and understanding the risks that face the organization. This assists management in making informed decisions on the adequacy of security and the need for additional security countermeasures to address threats, vulnerabilities and potential consequences.
Contact Don Greenwood & Associates, Inc. to have us conduct a security assessment on your building or office spaces.